Title: Head of St. Roch
Date: late 15th century
Culture: French
Medium: limestone
Dimensions:
8 3/4 x 7 x 6 1/2 in. (22.2 x 17.8 x 16.5 cm)
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object Number: 85:1932
Place of origin: Champagne, France
Current Location: On View, Gallery 238
Notes:
St. Roch was a 14th-century pilgrim (the crossed papal keys on his hat symbolize his trip to Rome) who died from the plague, becoming the patron saint of sickness. This simple yet moving representation communicates the pathos of pain through a series of curves and counter-curves. The shallow arc of his hat repeats the downward turn of his mouth, and is echoed yet again in the arch of his eyebrows. The crescent-shaped slits of his open eyes repeat the curved flesh of his upper cheeks in contrast to the inverted bowed forms on the rest of his face.
Signed: unsigned
Provenance
- 1930
Trichard Collection [1]

1930 - 1932
Brummer Gallery, Inc. (Joseph Brummer, d.1947), New York, NY, USA [2]

1932 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Joseph Brummer Gallery [3]


Notes:
[1] A Joseph Brummer Gallery stock card (P6981) indicates that the Gallery purchased the "Head of St. Roch" from Trichard on April 15, 1930 [notes from Cloisters Library, dated October 2003, SLAM document files].

[2] See note [1].

[3] Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, October 6, 1932.
Exhibition History
Title: Medieval Art
Date: September 1965
Venue: Philbrook Art Center
Publication History
Title: Medieval Art
Periodical Title: The Saint Louis Art Museum Bulletin
Author: Judith Mann
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Saint Louis Art Museum: Handbook of the Collection
Editor: Mary Ann Steiner
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Gothic Sculpture in America: II. The Museums of the Midwest
Author: Dorothy Gillerman
Title: A Group of Mediaeval Sculptures
Periodical Title: Bulletin of the City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Edition: July
Year Published: 1933
Title: A Woodcut Life of St. Roch
Periodical Title: Print Collector's Quarterly
Author: Campbell Dodgson
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